Short, Married Mothers Can't Be "Miss Earth"

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The Miss Earth pagent will be held in October. Duncan Clark at the Guardian received an unsolicted request to sponsor one of the entrants. He did a little digging into the contest. Here’s what he learned:

Duncan Clark, The Guardian: The annual Miss Earth Contest has been going for the best part of a decade. It has its very own theme song, a candidate from seemingly every country in the world – from Bhutan to Martinique – and has elicited what must be one of the best News of the World headlines of all time: “She’s an eco PHWOAR-rier!”.

Most remarkable of all are the criteria for entry, which approve of environmental knowledge, but don’t look so kindly on motherhood, marriage or shortness:

  • NEVER BEEN MARRIED, single, never given birth
  • Minimum height of 5 feet 5 inches
  • Posess beauty of face and proportionate body structure
  • Outgoing and friendly
  • Excellent physical condition
  • Has knowledge of her country’s culture and environment

Morning Links:

Tesla cofounder finds Tesla’s new valuation amusing. [Bloomberg]

Can China actually clean up its practices? [BusinessWeek]

Energy bill makes it through committee. [Green Sheet]

Suntech Power (STP) priced the 20 million shares it sold as a follow-on at $12.50. It’s current stock price is $13.47. [Suntech Power]

We’re using the least electricity since 1945. [FT]

Big oil, big lobbying spend. [Alphaville]

The economic consequences of the run up in oil prices. [WaPo]

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